Following the tedium of the first three days which saw a total of 15 wickets falling, 14 tumbled on the penultimate day of the series, ending with the home side at 7/1 after being set a daunting victory target of 304.
Mohammad Abbas claimed his first five-wicket haul in Test cricket to trigger a West Indies first-innings collapse to 247 all out in the morning after they resumed at 218/5, with the match appearing at the start of the day to be dragging towards a dreary draw.
“Eight seasons of first-class cricket bowling long spells prepared me for this opportunity,” said Abbas.
“I dedicate this performance to both Misbah and Younis because it is my great fortune to play with them, but also unfortunate for it to be their last series.”
In attempting to build on that considerable lead of 129
Shah and Amir put on 61 for the eighth wicket and benefited from the continuing West Indian epidemic of errors in the field.
Shah was caught behind off a no-ball from leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, and two catches were missed as the tail wagged and the home side wilted.
Fast bowler Alzarri Joseph claimed three wickets, but the
Abbas’ early demolition job gave
Shan Masood and Younis Khan added 49 for the third wicket in mid-afternoon before Shannon Gabriel took his second wicket of the innings in prising out Masood.
His demise ushered in Misbah for his last innings, but there was to be no fairytale as he attempted to hoist Bishoo out of the ground in the leg-spinner’s first over, and succeeded only in getting a spiralling top-edge for wicket-keeper Shane Dowrich to take the catch to be out for just two.
Younis also succumbed to Bishoo just before tea for 35, his errant sweep being well caught by Powell diving at backward square-leg.
As well as they played though, the individual honours on the day belonged to Abbas.
Increasingly impressive in his first Test series, the fast-medium bowler took the last four wickets of the
Amir removed Dowrich to just the fourth ball of the day, which brought in Roston Chase.
Forced to retire hurt on 60 the previous evening due to a blow on his right elbow, he was progressing in partnership with captain Jason Holder until Abbas replaced Amir from the pavilion end.
Chase was bowled off his pads for 69 by a full-length delivery, and Bishoo then edged his first ball low to second slip where the ever-reliable Younis came up with his 10th catch of the series.
That effort put him into the record books for the most catches ever by a Pakistani fielder in a Test series.AFP